North Port, FL – Charlotte County Sheriff’s K9 Edo was found dead on Monday, Dec. 11, two days after he was reported missing.
A search for K9 Edo, a German Shepherd, began after he was discovered missing from his crate Saturday night, Dec. 9.
His crate was in the open garage of his handler, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Sean Davoli, according to WTVT.
Deputy Davoli told North Port police that K9 Edo was locked in his crate in his open garage on Saturday about 7:15 p.m.
He discovered K9 Edo was missing when he returned to the garage about 45 minutes later, but the K9’s crate was still closed.
Katie Heck, spokesperson for the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, said Deputy Davoli was “understandably devastated.”
Searches continued on Sunday but no trace of the K9 was found.
On Monday morning, a woman walking her dog found K9 Edo’s body about half a mile from Deputy Davoli’s house.
An autopsy of the K9 showed internal injuries consistent with having been struck by a car.
The North Port Police Department was conducting the investigation, and trying to determine if K9 Edo escaped from, or was let out of, his crate.
The agency said that the driver who struck K9 Edo will “most likely” not face charges in the K9’s death, unless the person demonstrated “gross recklessness” or “intent,” neither of which they say is likely, according to WINK.
K9 Edo and Deputy Davoli had been partners for two years. Heck said that the K9 cost about $7,000, and was valued about $25,000 after training.
The sheriff’s department posted a note of appreciation to the community for their support on their Facebook page Monday. They also asked for the public’s assistance.
“We will continue to assist the North Port Police Department with their investigation into K9 Edo’s disappearance and subsequent death. If anyone has any information about this case, please call NPPD Detective Pam Jernigan at [email protected] or 941-429-7321,” the post read.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Davoli in the loss of K9 Edo.